LM555 and LM556 Timer Circuits

This page presents general information and tips for using the LM555 timer and devices with other letter prefixes. There will be minor internal circuitry differences between 555 timer IC's from the various manufacturers but they all should be useable for the circuits on this page. If you would like to use any of these ideas, take the time to do some testing before using the LM555 timer in an actual circuit. All of the solutions on this page can also be applied to the LM556 - Dual timer. Some of the circuits on this page were developed just to see if they would work and have no intended use. The menu below links to various sections of this page that relate to the items in the index. New additions appear at the bottom of the list.

CMOS Versions Of The 555 Timer
All of the information on this page can be applied to the low current, CMOS versions of the 555 timer as well. However, the CMOS versions have a lower output current rating and may not be albe to drive some loads. For single sided loads, an NPN or PNP driver transistor can be added to the output of the timer to increase the durrent capacity of the timer. ( See section 31 of this page for more information. )

This Page Is Not Applicable To The LM558
This page does not apply the LM558 - Quad Timer IC which is significantly different when compared to the 555 and 556 timers. The differences include: (1) The output of each 558 timer is an open collector transistor with a 100 milliamp current capacity while the 555 and 556 timers have bipolar outputs with a 200 milliamp capacity. (2) The TRIGGER input of the 558 is EDGE Triggered while the TRIGGER input of the 555 and 556 timers are LEVEL Triggered. Individual LM558 timers are not designed to operate in an astable mode. Two 558 timers must be connected in a loop to make an astable oscillator. EDGE Triggered - means that the change in the output state of the timer is caused by a quickly falling or rising voltage at the input terminal. If the input voltage changes too slowly the output will not switch states. • LEVEL Triggered - means that the change in the output state of the timer is caused when the voltage at an input terminal

falls bellow or rises above a preset level. The rate at which the voltage changes is not a factor. The THRESHOLD input terminals for the 555, 556 and 558 timers are all LEVEL triggered.

LM555 Timer Internal Circuit Block Diagram

LM555 Timer Internal Circuit Block Diagram

Print the diagram in the centre of a sheet of paper and then draw a circuit using the ICs pin locations. LM556 Timer Internal Circuit Block Diagram

Print the diagram in the centre of a sheet of paper and then draw a circuit using the ICs pin locations.

1 microfarad (C2) capacitor at this terminal to minimize voltage spikes during transitions of the timer's output transistors. In many cases the CONTROL input does not require a bypass capacitor if a well regulated power supply is used. the overall effect of C2 is reduced. If the RESET terminal of a 555 or 556 timer is not going to be used. at low astable frequencies or long monostable times the effectiveness of a capacitor at the CONTROL input is less than at higher frequencies and short pulse times.1uF bypass capacitor (C1) across the power supply and located as close to the IC as possible. the RESET of CMOS version of these timers should not be left unconnected as the inputs of these devices are more sensitive and this may cause problems. It is also good practice to place a 0. However.If the period of the power supply variations is short when compared to the period of the timer. . Therefore. Typical Pin 4 And 5 Connections Note . If the RESET terminal is left unconnected the operation of the timer will not be affected. For example. This was done in order to keep the schematics as simple as possible. however. If the power supply .RESET And CONTROL Terminal Notes Most of the circuits at this web site that use the LM555 and LM556 timer chips do not show connections for the RESET and CONTROL inputs.ripple voltage is 120 Hz and the oscillator frequency is 1000 Hz then C2 will have greater benefit than if the oscillator frequency is 10 Hz. it is good practice to place a 0. it is normal practice to connect this input to the supply voltage. This will also reduce voltage spikes when the output transistors of the timer change states.

For ease of use.MONOSTABLE OSCILLATOR CALCULATOR Value Of R1 þÿ Value Of C1 þÿ Output Pulse þÿ Ohms Microfarads Seconds Resistor values are in Ohms (1K = 1000) . This value is multiplied by the calculator to produce the correct result. the calculators on this page have capacitor values entered in microfarads. While these numbers are not exact reciprocals of one another they are close enough to be used without concern.Capacitor values are in Microfarads (1uF = 1) NOTE: The leakage currents of electrolytic capacitors will affect the actual output results of the timers.Calculation Value Notes Data sheets for the 555 Timer use the value 1. To compensate for leakage it is often better to use a higher value capacitor and lower value resistances in the timer circuits.000.693 as constants in the timing calculations depending on the way in which the equation was written.001F = 1 X 10-6F) TIMING CALCULATORS FOR THE LM555 With Schematic diagrams LM555 .44 and 0. (1uF = 0. LM555 Monostable Oscillator Circuit Diagram .

LM555 Monostable Oscillator Output Time Chart .

RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes LM555 .ASTABLE OSCILLATOR CALCULATOR Value Of R1 þÿ Value Of R2 þÿ Value Of C1 þÿ Ohms Output Time HIGH þÿ Ohms Output Time LOW þÿ Microfarads Output Frequency þÿ Output Period HIGH + LOW þÿ Output Duty Cycle þÿ .

LM555 .SECONDS SECONDS SECONDS HERTZ PERCENT Resistor values are in Ohms (1K = 1000) . To compensate for leakage it is often better to use a higher value capacitor and lower value resistances in the timer circuits.Capacitor values are in Microfarads (1uF = 1) NOTE: The leakage currents of electrolytic capacitors will affect the actual output results of the timers. LM555 Astable Oscillator Circuit Diagram The next calculator can find the capacitance needed for a particular output frequency if the values of R1 and R2 are known.ASTABLE CAPACITOR CALCULATOR Value Of R1 þÿ Value Of R2 þÿ Frequency Desired þÿ Ohms Ohms Capacitance uF þÿ Hertz LM555 Astable Oscillator .Free Running Frequency Chart .

RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Basic Circuits For The LM555 Timer The following diagrams show some basic circuits and calculations for the LM555 timer. Circuit 1 .

Circuit 2 Circuit 3 .

Circuit 4 Circuit 5 .

The addition of a 470K ohm resistor and a 0.Circuit 5 also has a trigger input that can remain closed and still allow the timer to complete its cycle.1uF capacitor at the TRIGGER input (Pin 2) will provide a delay of approximately 1/20th of a second from the time the input goes to zero volts until the trigger threshold of 1/3Vcc is reached. This short delay can eliminate false triggering in most cases and if the problem persists the value of the capacitor or resistor can be increased as needed. One reduces the trigger sensitivity and the other will double the output pulse duration without increasing the values of R1 and C1. RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Triggering And Timing Helpers For Monostable Timers The LM555 timer and its twin brothers the LM556 are cornerstones of model railroad electronics but the sensitivity of the trigger input gives rise to many false triggering problems. . This means that the trigger input pulse can be longer than the output pulse. The following schematic shows two additions to the basic 555 timer circuit.

In terms of voltage. . To achieve long output times. electrolytic capacitors are often used for C1 and the value of R1 can be as high as 1 Megohm. Connecting a 1.000. This allows the same output time to be achieved with a smaller resistance or capacitance value thus reducing the error caused by the capacitor leakage current. for a given value of R1 and C1.88Vcc which is approximately equal to the voltage across the capacitor after two time constants*. The voltage at pin 5 will be increased from 0. (1uF = 0. * .66Vcc to 0.8K resistor added.8K ohm resistor between the supply voltage and pin 5 of the 555 timer chip the output pulse duration will be approximately doubled. Conversely. The boxed in area of the drawing shows the internal circuit at pin 5 of the timer with the 1.555 Timer Helpers Schematic The addition of a resistor and capacitor to the trigger will not work for very short output pulses as there is also a short delay in the recovery of the trigger terminal voltage. one time constant is equal to a rise in voltage across the capacitor from 0 to 63.001F = 1 X 10-6F) The trigger and reset voltage levels of the timer will also be increased with the addition of the resistor to pin 5 but this should have no effect in most applications.One time constant is equal to R (Ohms) times C (Farads) in seconds. the output time will be doubled by the addition of the resistor at Pin 5. The second addition is a helper that will extend the timers output duration without having to use large values of R1 and/or C1. However with high resistance values for R1 the leakage current of the timing capacitor (C1) becomes a significant factor in the operation of the timer.2 percent its maximum voltage.

Three methods are shown. Reversed Trigger Input Control Of 555 Timers The following method allows the timer to be triggered by a normally closed switch.The circuit will run much longer than expected and may never time out if the leakage current is equal to the current through the resistor at some voltage. a ONESHOT oscillator controls an ASTABLE oscillator. . In the following diagrams. Tantalum capacitors could be used as they have very low leakage currents but these are expensive and not available in large capacitance values. Some of these are unusual but still practical and can provide ideas for other control schemes. This would be useful in applications such as intrusion alarms where the protection circuit is broken if a window or door is opened Reversed Trigger Input RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Controlling Circuits For LM555 Timers The following diagrams show some methods of using one timer to control a second . Adding a resistor to the CONTROL terminal is not an ideal solution to solving long duration timing situations but should work for pulse times of less than ten minutes.


LM556 Timers with Complimentary or Push-Pull Outputs In the next circuit an LM556 . These circuits were developed to provide certain functions that are not typically associated with this device. This is done by connecting the OUTPUT of timer A to the TRIGGER and THRESHOLD terminals of timer B. Circuits for both Astable and Monostable versions of this method are shown on the diagram. The parts values in these circuits were selected for testing purposes and can be adjusted to suit the needs of a particular application as long as the normal operating parameters of the LM555 are maintained. Before using any of these circuits for specific applications they should be tested to determine the best values for the components and the practicality of their use. the current from one timers output can flow into the other timer's output depending on which output is HIGH or LOW. The typical output conditions that are referenced to ground or supply are also available and in fact all three could be used at the same time. Due to the ability of the timers to source or sink current.LM555 Control methods #1 schematic RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Advanced Circuits For The LM555 Timer The following diagrams show some advanced circuits for the LM555 timer. .dual timer IC is configured so that the output of the second timer is 180 degrees out of phase with the first. The 10K ohm resistor limits the current that can flow into the THRESHOLD terminal of timer B.

Both timer's RESET terminals are available and can be used individually or together. .LM555 Complimentary Outputs schematic Timer B in this method acts as a voltage comparator and has no timing function. Due to the unusual nature of this type of circuit testing should be done to determine if it is suitable for the use intended. Normal triggering methods and period lengths are not affected. It is a slave to timer A. The circuit is usable at frequencies below 1000Hz.

RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Interlocked Monostable Timers In the following circuit the timers are interlocked so that while one timer is running the second timer cannot be triggered. RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Power-Up Reset For 555 Timers Typical monostable 555 timer circuits will automatically trigger and start a timing cycle when power is applied to the circuit. The resistor limits the current from the opposite timers output when the trigger is closed on the stopped timer. This is done by connecting the OUTPUT of each timer to the TRIGGER of the other through a diode and placing a resistor in the trigger circuit. Stray or installed capacitance at the TRIGGER . LM555 Interlocked Timers schematic Normal triggering and timing lengths are not affected by this method.

The length of the reseting action can roughly be determined by R1 X C1 X 3 . LM555 Power-Up . a small capacitor at the CONTROL terminal could prevent the timer from triggering .Ideal Circuit Conditions Practical Circuit Conditions If there is stray or installed capacitance at the TRIGGER terminal.terminal of the timer is largely responsible for this triggering but it is also caused by the nature of the 555 timer's internal circuitry as well. a simple RC timing circuit can be added to the timer's RESET terminal so that when power is applied to the circuit. . when the power is applied to an LM555 circuit the timer will immediately be triggered and start a cycle. This can be a undesirable if the period is long and there is no way to stop the cycle. Stray capacitance can be from a number of sources but a typical cause is the wires that connect a push button used to start the timer. the timer is automatically held RESET by transistor Q1 until C1 is almost fully charged. where there is no stray capacitance at the TRIGGER input. In an ideal circuit. To prevent timer from starting.

The example circuit shows a monostable oscillator but the method could also hold an astable 555 oscillator in a reset condition at power-up. . In this case. LM555 Power-Up Reset Method 1 The following circuit is another method of stopping the timing cycle at power-up. a pulse is sent to the THRESHOLD terminal which stops the timing cycle when the power is applied.

This means that only one timer can be running at a time. When timer B is triggered. As with the 'Power-Up Reset For Monostable Timers' circuit above. when the power is applied to the circuit both timers are RESET. timer A will be reset.LM555 Power-Up Reset Method 2 RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Cross Canceling For Monostable Timers The following diagram shows a method that allows one LM555 timer to RESET another timer so that. for example. if timer 'A' is running. .

LM555 Cross Canceling Timers schematic Normal triggering and timing lengths should not be affected by this method. The trigger switch of the running timer must be OPEN for the RESET to occur. RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes

RS Flip-Flop Made With A LM556 Timer
The next circuit is for a hybrid - SET / RESET type of logic Flip-Flop that is constructed from an LM556 - Dual Timer. The design is crude but effective for very low speed applications. Its greatest asset is that the outputs of the LM556 are capable of driving current loads of up to 200 milliamps with a minimal voltage loss. This circuit was originally developed to drive "Stall Motor" type switch machines that are used on model railroads. These motors use low voltage DC and draw approximately 15 milliamps when they are in a stalled condition. Due to the design of the LM556 timer chip there are multiple output options available in this circuit. These include the normal timer outputs which are bipolar and the DISCHARGE terminals, (PINS 1 and 13), that are open collector circuits.

LM556 Flip-Flop Truth Table
The following diagram is for a test version of the LM556 Flip-Flop circuit used to create a "Truth Table" that shows the OUTPUT states for a given INPUT state.

Logic Function diagram LM556 Flip-Flop Input Options
The next diagram shows basic input options that can be used with the LM556 Flip-Flop circuit. In actual applications the push buttons could be replaced with or supplemented by electronic input devices.

Input Options schematic
In circuit A the SET and RESET inputs would be brought to 0 Volts to change the state of the Flip-Flop. In circuit B the SET input would be switched between 0 Volts and the supply voltage to change the state of the Flip-Flop. The RESET terminal is unconnected. In both circuit A and B, when the push buttons are OPEN the Flip-Flop will remain in its last state until the opposite signal is applied to an input.

• The maximum current the the outputs of the LM556 timers can source or sink is 200 milliamps. • The R3 resistor is not required if the inputs are not going to be driven to a HIGH state. small relay or low current DC motor. They cannot be held HIGH or LOW as is the case with TTL devices. • . It was found however to operate satisfactorily at clock speeds in excess of 10KHz. Due to the internal circuitry at THRESHOLD terminals (PINs 6 and 12) of the LM556 timers. please take the time to build one and do some experimenting to determine if the design will suit your needs. • If resistors R1 and R2 are not used the operation of the circuit becomes unstable. LM556 Flip-Flop Notes If you would like to make use of this type of circuit. • Any of the LED's in the circuit could be replaced by an optoisolator. The value of R3 was 22K ohm. resistors R3 and R4 are needed to limit the current that can flow into these terminals. As can be seen in the schematics. The value of resistors R3 and R4 should be approximately 1/4 the value of resistors R1 and R2 so that the proper voltage ratios for changing states can be achieved. through a 10K ohm current limiting resistor (R1 and R2). This action only applies to states 1 and 2 in the truth table shown above. The value of this resistor is not critical and is largely dependent on the impedance of the INPUT devices used to trigger the stage changes. • This circuit was developed for low speed operation. • For this circuit to have a memory function such as that of a SET / RESET type Flip-Flop the input terminals must float when no input signal is present. the OUTPUT of one timer is fed. • The values of R1 and R2 in this test were 100K ohms. to the TRIGGER and THRESHOLD inputs of the other. The input method in circuit B would not be practical to produce the STATE 3 condition shown in the Truth Table on the previous diagram. • These circuits do not need a regulated power supply but the voltage should be well filtered.Circuits A and B also show two methods of connecting the LED's at terminals 1 and 13. The cross coupling of the timers OUTPUT and TRIGGER/THRESHOLD terminals gives the circuit its FLIPFLOP action and causes the outputs of the timers to be forced alternately HIGH or LOW.

The main disadvantage to using this circuit is the the large dead-band (1/3Vcc) between upper and lower threshold voltages. can be added to the circuit to lower and compress the detection voltage range but this only partially alleviates the problem. An optional resistor. LM555 Voltage Comparator / Schmitt Trigger . This output can sink up to 200 milliamps and would be ideal for driving relays. R5. Shown on the schematic is a secondary output that uses the open collector at the DISCHARGE terminal (Pin 7) of the timer. The 555 timer is not well suited for this application but it is one that is in wide use with model railroaders.RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes LM555 Timer Used As A Voltage Comparator Or Schmitt Trigger The next section shows how an LM555 timer can be used as a voltage comparator or a Scmitt Trigger with a large offset voltage.

RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes 50% Output Duty Cycle (Variable) . The effect that resistor R5 has on the circuit can be seen in the right hand graph.The two graphs at the bottom of the diagram show the input voltages at which the OUTPUT of the LM555 will change states.

The LM555 timer can achieve a 50 percent duty cycle as shown in the next diagram. The duty cycle adjustment range of the give components values is from 42 to 55 percent. Resistors R1 and R2 were selected first and then resistor R3 was selected to give the best control range based on measurements at the output of the timer. 50% Duty Cycle schematic For The Record The circuit shown in the next diagram is not an accurate method of producing a 50 percent duty cycle using 555 timers. either bipolar or CMOS types. the voltage drops across its output transistors will increase and the duty cycle will shift. The circuit can produce a duty cycle that is close to 50 percent but when a load is added to the output of the timer. The major disadvantage of using the LM555 in this manner is that the output frequency changes as the duty cycle changes. .

Not Accurate 50% Duty Cycle schematic RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Bipolar LED Driver This circuit uses two timers to drive Bipolar LEDs and shows all of the possible output states. Two SPDT switches are used to set the input conditions but these could be replaced by electronic controls. .

Bipolar LED Driver schematic RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Electronic Time Constant Control These circuits show methods of changing the operating frequency of astable LM555 timers electronically. Any source that can drive the base of transistor Q1 can control these circuits. .

The advantage of switch the timing capacitors is that the duty cycle of the timer is not affected when the frequency is changed. The following diagram shows a basic circuit with an open collector output that would require a pull up resistor at its output. especially when using a second timer as the output stage. Note: This circuit is not suitable for high frequency operation. Electronic Time Constant Control RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Voltage Controlled Pulse Width Oscillator The basic circuit operates at a frequency determined by R1. The parts values are the nominal values of the components used. R2 and C1 and has a pulse width range of 0 to 100 percent. .

. All measurements were made with a good quality multimeter. The PLUS and MINUS inputs of IC 2 can be reversed to produce a decreasing pulse width for an increasing control voltage.Variable Pulse Width Oscillator The following is a graph of the output pulse width of the basic circuit for a given control voltage input.

The output stage also has an open collector output at the Discharge terminal. Variable Pulse Width Oscillator With LM555 Output RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Sweeping Output Siren This circuit is a variation of the "Two Tone Siren" that is a standard for the LM555 timer.Variable Pulse Width Oscillator Output Graph The next diagram uses a second LM555 timer as a power output stage for the basic oscillator. . The circuit allows the output frequency of the B timer to sweep between two frequencies rather than switching abruptly between two frequencies. that could be used. PIN 7.

Flip-Flop Made With A LM556 Timer This circuit is a hybrid .D type Flip-Flop that is constructed from an LM556 . A still better choice for a sweeping oscillator would be a Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) IC. See this Wikipedia page for basic information on Voltage-controlled oscillators and this datasheet for the LM321.Sweeping Output Siren NOTE: The Sweeping Output Siren circuit has a limited sweep range and the duty cycle shifts with the changing output frequency.Dual Timer integrated circuit. Other devices include the TTL 74124 Dual Voltage-Controlled Oscillator and the CMOS CD4046B Phase-Locked Loop. The circuit is essentially an expensive version of the classic two transistor Flip-Flop but it does have an output current capacity of 200 milliamps. . RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes D . A better 555 based circuit for a sweeping oscillator would be to adapt the Variable Pulse Width Oscillator in the section above.

As with the D flip-flop the circuit acts as a binary divider. D .Various . RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Time Delay Circuits .Each time the push button switch (S1) is closed the outputs of the timers will reverse so that one is HIGH and the other is LOW and vice versa.Flip-Flop The circuit has some output switching time lag due to the RC time constants at the inputs and the different Trigger and Threshold voltage levels of the timers themselves.

Time Recovery Delay Circuits .

Two Stage Time Delay Circuit .

Cascade Time Delay Circuit Example .Cascaded Time Delay Circuits 4 Stage .

See section 13 of this page for more detail. RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Variable period Oscillator (CD4017) .BiDirectional Time Delay Circuit In the BiDirectional Time Delay Circuit. the B timer acts more as a Schmitt trigger with a delay than a conventional timer.

The following CD4017 circuits have not been tested and is presented here as a possibility only. Refer to the timing diagram in the CD4017 data sheet for a better understanding of the IC's operation. The cycle is restarted or reset when the RESET input is briefly made high. The second circuit has a nine step cycle that stops at the end of the cycle.pdf) . The first circuit operates with a repeating ten step cycle.National Semiconductor (. The circuits use a CD4017 Decade Counter / Decoder to provide nine or ten steps in the cycle. CD4017 Data sheet . If you experiment with this circuit. Each output pulse is longer than the previous until a count of ten is reached at which time the cycle will repeat. please send me any problems found so that the circuit can be updated. The CD4017 can be configured to give count lengths between 1 and 10. The following circuits are designed to change the duration of each positive output pulse from the astable timer.

This would allow the subsequent output pulses to be of longer and shorter lengths during the cycle. .Variable Period Oscillator (Experimental) The next schematic shows an alternate arrangement for the timing resistors.

Alternate Resistor Arrangement The next circuit provides nine counts of a normal timing length with the tenth count being longer and then repeating the cycle. .

Ten Step / Two Period Oscillator RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Missing Pulse Detector / Negative Recovery Circuits Basic . If the time does run out. Each time that S1 is closed the time remaining in the cycle is reset to zero. . push button controlled. Negative Recovery timer circuit.Negative Recovery Circuit The first circuit is a simple. closing S1 will restart the cycle.

Basic . This allows the circuit to be ready for the next cycle more quickly.The following circuits can detect when a train of pulses stops or become too far apart.Missing Pulse Detectors . They can also be use to keep the timer at its zero count if the input is held in a steady state. This is called 'Negative Recovery'. The diode across R1 in these circuits causes C1 to quickly discharge when the power to the circuit is switched off.

Two Comparators .Steady Output .Missing Pulse Detectors .

Two Timers The next two circuits in this section produce the same result: The timer must be reset manually if it has timed out.Missing Pulse Detectors .Missing Pulse Detector .Steady Output . Latching Output .

Missing Pulse Detector RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Fixed 50% Output Duty Cycle Using Logic Devices .Manual Start .

50 percent duty cycle from a 555 timer is to divide the output by 2 with a binary divider such as the 7473 or 7474 TTL logic ICs.The only way to achieve a true . Fixed 50% Output Duty Cycle RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Three Stage .Cycling Timer Circuit .

Currents And Voltages . (See item 10 in the index of this page for a method of resetting the timers.Based On The Cycling Timer Circuit RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Devices Used For The Following Tests RESET Terminal .NOTE All three timers in this circuit will start when power is applied.Traffic Light Driver Circuit .) A Single . therefore all but the first timer (A) will need to be Reset for the proper cycle order to be started automatically.

In the transition voltage range of the RESET terminal mentioned on the diagram. The only conclusion to be drawn here is that the RESET terminal should be held below 0.3 Volts to ensure that any of the devices is fully reset.The next diagram gives the current from. The voltage at the RESET terminal should pass through this range as quickly as possible to avoid problems. This can cause high current flows in the timer itself. and the voltage at the RESET terminals of five .Currents And Voltages RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes 555 Timer Current Draws . RESET Terminal .555 timer chips from different manufacturers. the timers output is neither fully ON or OFF.

The RESET terminal current draw illustrates the need for a current limiting resistor as shown in some of the preceding circuits. Delayed Re-Trigger . Some devices will not function properly if the current to the THRESHOLD terminal is not restricted.The next diagram shows the basic current usages of 555 timer chips from different manufacturers. Timer Current Draws RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Delayed Re-Triggering The following is a method of preventing a timer from being re-triggered before a certain time period has elapsed.

it can receive current from a load. Although a circuit common symbol is shown. This type of output can either source or sink current and is typical of 555 and 556 timer IC's. Transistor Q3 is actually connected as a diode with the collector not carrying current.RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Timer Output Section The next diagram shows the output section of a National Semiconductor LM555 timer. it can supply current to a load. the collector is not connected to the ground of the timer. Output Circuit . When the output of the timer is HIGH. When the output of the timer is LOW.

RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Power ON Delay Circuits These circuits will delay the application of power to an external circuit by using mechanical relays or transistors. Other output control devices could also be used. This means that the power is supplied to the load for a very short period until the relay can open. These circuits are not ideal as the relays are closed when power is suppled to the circuit. Various Power ON Delay Circuits .


Delay Circuit With Indicator LED Delayed Lock Out Circuit .

Delay Circuits Wait For Pulses .Power On .PUJT & Voltage Comparator .Delay Circuit .

This resistor should have a resistance of at least three times the value of R1. 51.5% Duty Cycle Oscillator .7%. RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Average 51. A resistor could be placed across capacitor C1 so that the timer will be reset if the pulses stop arriving.A variation on the Power On delay circuits above is a delay after pulses start arriving. The span of the duty cycle also increased. At a supply voltage of 5 volts the average duty cycle increased to 52.5% over the entire resistance range of R2 at a supply voltage of 10 volts.5 % Output Duty Cycle Using A 555 Timer The next circuit produces an average duty cycle of 51.

Higher current loads can be driven by transistors with a suitable current capacity and adjusting the base current as needed. High Voltage And Current Load Drivers . Darlington and MOSFET transitors can drive loads of many amps. The 24 volt supply can be full wave DC and does not need to be filtered. The load's supply voltage could also be lower than the timer's supply voltage.RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Driving Loads Of Greater Than 15 Volts Or 200 Milliamps The next two circuits allow the 555 timer to drive loads that have a supply voltage that is greater than the15 volt maximum of 555 timers.

'N' Steps And Stop Circuit .RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes 'N' Steps And Stop Circuit (CD4017) The next circuit uses the outputs of a CD4017 .Decade Counter to stop a 555 timer at a given step and then wait until the counter is reset.

Various Power OFF Delay Circuits .Power OFF Delay Circuits These circuits will delay the removal of power to an external circuit by using mechanical relays or transistors. Other output control devices could also be used.


ask your parts supplier for a copy of the manufacturers data sheets for any components that you have not used before. These data sheets can often be found on the web site of the device manufacturers. Return to the Main Page 26 February. Although the circuits are functional the pages are not meant to be full descriptions of each circuit but rather as guides for adapting them for use by others. If you use any of these circuit ideas. For this reason be prepared to do some experimenting to get the results you want. These sheets contain a wealth of data and circuit design information that no electronic or print article could approach and will save time and perhaps damage to the components themselves. This is especially true of circuits such as the "Across Track Infrared Detection" circuits and any other circuit that relies on other than direct electronic inputs. If you have any questions or comments please send them to the email address on the Circuit Index page.RESET And CONTROL Input Terminal Notes Return to the Main Page Please Read Before Using These Circuit Ideas The explanations for the circuits on these pages cannot hope to cover every situation on every layout. 2011 . such as switches.

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